Major Heyward: Well that’s the devil you know, what about the devil you don’t know but think you do?

Hawkeye: I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run

Last of the Mohicans BBC production 1971

If there is one thing in life that I have been blessed with its been an ability to make friends and keep them.  I have met a plethora of people who have treated me very well and have come through for me when the chips are down.

One of these people is Robert Stacy McCain.

I’ve eaten with him, traveled with him, reported with him, he has slept in my house I have slept in his, we have shared long road trips, tight situations and the only car chase I’ve ever been involved in.

He was the first man to wear one of my fedoras, it was he who got me on the Tea Party Express bus, it was he who helped me raise the money for my first CPAC and it is he who has been at my side.

I would trust him with my life, and the lives of my family and that is something a Sicilian does not say lightly

Stacy McCain is also fiercely loyal to his friends, and because of his unbending loyalty to one of them who has stood by his side he has gotten some grief.

Stacy is a grown man who can fight his own battles I’ve stayed out of it, but now the question has been called before me and I can not in honor stay silent.

Stacy, described as an “Elitist”? I’m sorry that’s funny.

There are many adjectives that people might use to describe Stacy, when behind the wheel said adjectives might become increasingly colorful but elitist, “Elitist?” Really?

Now I like Jerry from Goldfish and Clowns he’s been on the show and we’ve talked a bit, I’ve met Larry Sinclar and we’ve had a few pleasant conversations on the phone. I’ve spoken on the phone to Paul Lemmen, I fully intend after the election to book him to promote his book and he has graciously offered to try to promote the radio show. I don’t intend to discard any of these people nor does anything I’ve said or will say imply their inquiries on certain subjects are not legit, I’ve posed some of those same questions myself. The net is a big place if people want to make their cases to the masses they have the perfect right to do so and if they can sell said case, fine, that’s how it works. May the best argument win.

But in a fight with Stacy McCain there is only one side I can take, in fact how dishonorable, how unworthy would I be if during the week where I had my most positive national exposure EVAH I turned my back on my closest friend on the net in his hour of need?

Stacy is the best reporter I’ve ever met, period! He had done the best shoe leather reporting I’ve ever seen, period! He has done the most when it comes to raw footwork to advance conservationism that I’ve seen, period!

But most important Robert Stacy McCain is my friend. He is my friend now and will be till the day I die and I will stand by his side PERIOD!

That is all.

Rejoice! Rejoice! The US housing industry “blossoms”, according to CNN.  Blossoming! Like spring! Home sales are up! More homes are being constructed! We’re on our way to the 1990s all over again!

Right? Right?  Look right here, in paragraphs 11-13:

Historically low mortgage rates have helped propel the market forward. This week, they appear to be headed for new lows, following last week’s announcement from the Federal Reserve that it would begin to purchase tens of billions in mortgage backed securities each month.

The third round of quantitative easing “provided the financial support to the mortgage market and signaled an intention to keep rates low for the foreseeable future,” said John Tashjian, who runs a real estate investment fund, Centurian Real Estate Partners.

According to Tashjian, the real benefit of the Fed’s action could be to increase lending volume. The banks, knowing that any well underwritten mortgage will find a ready market, should be more willing to approve mortgages.

Oh, crudmuffins.  This isn’t blossoming; this is rotting from the roots.  This is bad mortgages, historically low rates that can’t last, lending to people who have no business buying a house and will be up the creek without a paddle when their boilers go or their roof needs to be re-done.

We did that already, and it got us into this mess.  But it sure will look purdy for Obama’s reelection efforts, and he’ll find someone to blame when the house of cards collapses.

German Propaganda Officer: It’s the same dull stuff we’ve been doing. I wish we had something different, some kind of surprise

Leslie Smythe Bedows: What if we told the the truth about the Eastern Front?

German Propaganda Officer: I said surprise not shock.

Hogan’s Heroes “Who Stole my Copy of Mein Kampf?” 1969

There are two new polls the MSM is crowing about tonight.  Well when I say “new” I’m certainly not talking about the methodology.  Looks like the same old thing to me.  Lets start with the NBC WSJ poll:

In the presidential horse race, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden get the support of 50 percent of likely voters, while Romney and running mate Paul Ryan get 45 percent.

As you might guess the demographics of this poll just happens to be +5 Dem even though as I’ve already mentioned Democrats have trailed in registration the entire year with an avg deficit of 2.5 pts.

Such a national sample transforms a 50-45 Obama lead into a 52-43 Romney lead but when you look at the poll results it actually worse than it looks

Let’s look at how the people who answered voted in 2008

Ok 10% say they didn’t vote so to figure out the percentage these numbers represent we divide the figures by 90 removing the voters who didn’t vote and viola

Barack Obama 45/90 = 50%
John McCain 37/90 = 41%
Someone Else 4/90 = 4%
Not Sure 4/90 = 4%

Vs Actual Results
Barack Obama 52.9
McCain 45.7
Other 1.4

OK assuming these people are NOT lying not only do they oversample independents by 6.6 points (I suggest there are a lot of Obama voters hiding there but I have no proof) but based on 2008 figures Obama is undersampled by 2.9 points while McCain is undersampled by 4.7.

Does anyone seriously think the GOP voting sample has dropped 4.7 points from 2008 levels.  Is anyone ANYONE willing to make that case?

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In Virgina the Washington Post manages to get even worse

With just seven weeks of campaigning left before the November election, President Obama holds a clear lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, buoyed by growing optimism about the state of the country and fueled by a big gender gap working in his favor, according to a new Washington Post poll.

Obama leads his Republican rival 52 percent to 44 percent among likely voters. Among all registered voters, the president leads 50 percent to 43 percent, a margin identical to that recorded in a survey in early May. That indicates that Romney has made up little ground during four months of intense advertising and campaign visits.

Wow an 8 point lead, Romney doesn’t have a chance…until you look at the partisian split:

A +8 Dem split in a +3 GOP state would seemingly turn a 8 pt dem lead into a 3 pt GOP advantage but believe it or not again it’s worse than it looks.

The party split in VA is 39-36 in favor of the GOP so that means that while this poll undersamples dems by 4 points (11%) They under sample republicans by 15 points a full 38% percent

There are a lot of words you can use to describe this kind of poll but if you have an honest bone in your body “News” isn’t one of them.